"Fastest player not in" - Five biggest England omissions ahead of 2023 World Cup - Ruck

“Fastest player not in” – Five biggest England omissions ahead of 2023 World Cup

England head coach Steve Borthwick has announced his first training squad ahead of the fast approaching 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The squad, which does not include players from Gallagher Premiership semi-finalists, Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints, Sale Sharks, and Saracens, assembled in Bagshot on Monday 12 June as England begin their preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France which starts in September. 

 “We are excited to get into camp and begin the first phase of our preparations,” said Borthwick.

“The World Cup is full of top quality teams and high quality players, and we’re relishing the challenge in front of us. That all starts today at Pennyhill Park.

“We have lots to get through before our first summer series fixture in August against Wales in Cardiff, so the hard work starts now. We are looking forward to it.”

However, as it often is, it isn’t who is in but who is out that is generating the most chat across social media with the same names coming up again and again.

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#1. Sam Simmonds

Despite not having played under Borthwick before, Simmonds engaged in open discussions with the coach and subsequently made himself unavailable for selection in the training squad of 28 players, according to The Telegraph..

The number 8, born on November 5, 1994, is an English rugby player who has made a significant impact in the sport.

Playing as a Number 8 for Exeter Chiefs, Simmonds possesses incredible strength, athleticism, and a keen eye for the try line.

He has been a consistent performer at both the domestic and international levels, earning numerous accolades for his outstanding performances.

Simmonds’ powerful running and ability to offload the ball make him a formidable force in the game.

Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps) during England Rugby training session at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 28 Sept 2021. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK